Vale John Austin (Jack) Yarra


John (Jack) Austin Yarra enlisted in the CMF in September 1941 at 3MD Royal Park, Victoria.


He served with Local HQ Cartographic Company transferring to the AIF in September 1942, and served with 1 Australian Mobile Lithographic Unit in Northern Australia.


Transferred to 2/1 Field Survey Company RAE, AIF in 1943, which was later renamed, 2/1 Australian Army Topographic Survey Company, which served the South-West Pacific Area 1943-1945, New Guinea, Dutch New Guinea, Morotai, Halmahera Group.


Returned to Australia in November 1945 Jack was deployed to Local HQ Cartographic Company to accumulate discharge points and await discharge which occurred in April 1947.


At discharge he had the rank of Sergeant and the skills of a Photogrammetrist, Topographic Draftsman and Field Survey Assistant.


John worked at NATMAP after the war and rose to the level of Chief Cartographer. John was an expert with the air brush for depicting hill shading and the 1:5M scale map of Australia (hill shaded above) was one of his recognised achievements.


Jack was the last WW2 member of the Canberra Survey Corps Association




Details kindly provided by Charlie Watson


RASvy have their own Vale for Jack in the March 2013 ACT Newsletter on pages 25-27.